Headlines Being Followed Today
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Posted by J. J. Jackson @ 6:09 AM
These are a few of the stories I am reviewing today. Check American Conservative Daily this evening for comments on these and other issues of the day.
Leftist weekly: We love abortion (Paper revels in being placed on pro-life group's boycott list) - WorldNetDaily
A leftist weekly paper in Portland, Ore., has declared its love for abortion in a sarcastic response to a pro-life group putting the publication on its boycott list.
According to a statement from Life Decisions International, or LDI, it targeted the Portland Mercury as part of its Corporate Funding Project. The effort places corporations that fund abortion provider Planned Parenthood on a boycott list...
Democrats reject GOP's ethics offer - Washington Times Insider
Democrats yesterday rejected an offer by House Republicans to begin an investigation into ethics accusations against Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
The offer was made by Republicans on the House ethics committee who wanted, in exchange, an agreement from Democrats to convene the ethics panel today and accept at least a revised version of the new rules for the committee.
"We do not initiate investigative committees in press conferences," said Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, of West Virginia. The ranking Democrat on the ethics panel, Mr. Mollohan opposes the changes to committee rules that Republicans forced through earlier this year on a party-line vote...
Two U.N. oil-for-food probers resign - The Washington Times
NEW YORK -- Two senior investigators with the U.N. committee probing corruption in the oil-for-food program have resigned in protest, saying they think a report that cleared Kofi Annan of meddling in the $64 billion operation was too soft on the secretary-general, a panel member confirmed yesterday.
The investigators felt the Independent Inquiry Committee, led by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, played down findings critical of Mr. Annan when it released an interim report in late March related to his son, said Mark Pieth, one of three leaders of the committee.
"You follow a trail and you want to see people pick it up," Mr. Pieth told the Associated Press, referring to the two top investigators who left. "What we did was we told the story that they found, but we made different conclusions than they would have."
Father defends accused soldier - Casper Star Tribune
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The father of an Army sergeant accused of killing two officers at the start of the Iraq war urged the military Wednesday to investigate religious and racial harassment he said his son faced from fellow soliders before he unleashed the grenade and rifle attack.
John Akbar's statement to the Associated Press titled "Concerned Father Seeks Justice For Loved Son" came as testimony wrapped up in Sgt. Hasan Akbar's court-martial on murder charges that carry a possible death penalty.
Jurors were to return Thursday for closing arguments and the start of deliberations.
The elder Akbar said his son had complained to superiors about threats, slurs and taunts he faced as the only black and Muslim in his platoon, but little was done before the March 2003 attack in Kuwait that also wounded 14...
Minutemen join new organization - The Washington Times
PALOMINAS, Ariz. -- The Civil Homeland Defense organization of Arizona formally took charge of the Minuteman Project yesterday, reassigning volunteers and designating new supervisors to oversee efforts to prevent migrants from illegally entering the United States.
"This project was just the beachhead for a nationwide effort to secure this nation's borders," said Bob Wright, a Hobbs, N.M., businessman who helped organize the Minuteman volunteers and is coordinating the CDH effort...
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